pleasure for me to be able to stand here for jon and introduce our speaker today. it's a testimony to the importance of north africa, to global security that the secretary of state has taken time to address this conference oh on the ma grab in transition. the forces that are surged through the arab world right now had many of their origins and some of the most promising opportunities for change in the region also have their origins there. we have also seen tragedy but we cannot forget that we've seen tremendous hope and it is that hope which mote vates us today. secretary clinton is no stranger to this topic and she has been putting energy into strengthening the u.s. bilateral relationships with the countries and the ties between those countries themselves since she came into office four years ago. her term as secretary of state follows a distinguished career in publish service as a lawyer in arkansas, as a first lady of the united states and more recently as the united states senator from the state of new york. she not only has the highest approval rating of any member of the u.s.